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Hangout Music Fest Day 1

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A light breeze blows in from the Gulf.  A bright sun shines bright in the clear sky and the beach is rocking.  It is day one of the 6th largest outdoor musical festival to hit the shores of Alabama.  A  large group of organizers with over 1500 staffed employees, have done a truly incredible job of securing local, regional and national acts for the three stage festival.  There is a little of something for everyone; from jam bands, indie, jazz, blues, funk, and of course rock and roll- no one is left out of the Festival on the shores. Fans bought tickets in all 50 states and in over a dozen countries.  Every race, age, color and economic background was represented in the 35,000 people in attendance.

This year’s festival promised to be family friendly.  Offering a Sony Playstation  Area for the gamers, Shaka Island kids zone with stage, interactive activities and more and a tour of the John Lennon Educational Bus.  For those into healthy living early morning yoga classes were offered on the beach with renowned instructor Kelly Morris.  New this year was the festivals Boom Boom Room, a new dance tent hosting daytime concerts and separately ticketed late night shows.  The Boom-Boom, a tented side stage hosted electronic acts Beats Antique and Bassnectar on Friday.

When Beats Antique took the stage, the tent took on an almost tribal air, as the hula hoops came out and the barely clad gyrated to belly dance techno.
Brandi Carlile preformed on the Surf Style Stage early in the day playing songs from her upcoming album.  Carlile delivered a wide-ranging set that even featured a cover of “Forever Young.” Not the Bob Dylan song, but the one from ’80s German synthpop group “Alphaville.”  Meeting the Twins later in the afternoon was a special treat.  These guys have the most beautiful smiles and amazing upbeat personalities I look forward to seeing much more of them in the future.

Later in the afternoon, Grace Pottter And The Nocturnals took the stage and it felt like the festival grounds had reached total capacity.  Negotiating the crowds became a huge issue, with people laying out in the sand, and everyone working towards securing the best spot on the beach.  Potter, who played Gulf Shores Hangout last year, called the scene from the stage “too beautiful for words.”  Potter sported a gold mini skit and almost transparent top, Potter sashayed around the stage, trading off on guitar and piano, at one point belting out  a cover of Heart’s “Crazy On You.”

This is all I got cause ummmm, in true festival style,  I was hungover and missed the rest!!

The day ended with Wide Spread Panic.

Thanks to the great photos of festival by Dave Vann and Josh Rhinehart.

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.

 

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Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!

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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5

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Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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